Eighth Grade Students Participate in First Junior Achievement Career Exploration Program
Junior Achievement of Oklahoma (JA) and Jenks Public Schools (JPS) partnered to bring 8th grade students to Oral Roberts University on Tuesday, May 14 as part of the JA Inspire Career Exploration Fair. The capstone event allowed students to explore in an experiential, hands-on learning manner, various career opportunities in many of Tulsa’s high-demand industries. JA Inspire is supported by companies such as AAON, Williams, Matrix, TD Williamson and CCK Strategies as an initiative to prepare all students for success in college and career readiness.
“JA Inspire is opening students’ eyes to opportunities right here in Oklahoma.” said Shannan Beeler, president of JA Oklahoma. “We are thrilled to partner with Jenks and many area businesses to ensure that students are aware of the exciting job opportunities that are available to them as they graduate from high school, technical school or college.”
Prior to attending the career exploration fair, students completed an in-class curriculum which included a personality assessment to see what jobs align with their interests, research on those jobs, and exploration of the skills and educational requirements needed to be successful in those jobs. At the JA Inspire Career Fair, students had the opportunity to speak directly with volunteers who work in these industries and shared their career advice with students.
“Every single high school graduate should be equipped with the skills and confidence they need to be successful in a 21st century economy,” said Dr. Stacey Butterfield, Superintendent of Jenks Public Schools. “When we provide career exploration and education opportunities for our students, as early and as often as possible, we help them to re-imagine their futures and set them on a path to be more engaged in their education.”
JA and JPS have partnered together to pilot this program and benefit the entire 8th grade class at Jenks, which represents almost 1,000 students. They will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from local universities, technical schools, and companies such as Manhattan Construction, York Electronics, KSQ Architects, Chick-fil-A, Rooney Insurance, Learfield Sports, Ernst & Young, and many more. A full list of exhibitors to date is available on the JA of Oklahoma website at www.jaok.org. All exhibitors included hands-on activities for the students as part of their booth display.
Students learn how to dust for fingerprints at the interactive display provided by the Jenks Police Department during JA Inspire.